Yukon - Canada's Untamed Wilderness

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Death Valley, CA 22-MAR-2012 Michael A. Mariant $895 $925 Sold out

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Join Us for a Top-of-the-World Adventure Like No Other, in Canada’s Untamed Yukon Wilderness. Photograph Grizzlies, Caribou, and the Amazing Northern Lights. August 27 to September 3, 2011

This will truly be a memorable photographic adventure as we photograph our way from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Arctic Circle and back. Along the way we will witness the exotic arctic tundra changing into its dramatic fall colors right before our eyes. Traveling up the famed Dempster Highway, we will undoubtedly have opportunities to photograph trophy species such as grizzly bears, beaver, fox, and caribou. The luscious reds and yellows of the tundra light up the mountains and valleys during the day, making for incomparable landscape images. Our goal of capturing the perfect light means sunrises and sunsets spent behind our cameras. But the best light of all may very well be at night, as we mount our cameras on tripods to photograph the exquisite and magical Northern Lights.

En route, we will also spend time in Dawson City, epicenter of the historic Klondike Gold Rush. This quaint town, with gravel roads, wood sidewalks, aboriginal culture and historic buildings, is tailor made for photography.

Your workshop leader, Lester Picker (www.lesterpickerphoto.com), has more than 600 credits in major publications such as National Geographic books and magazines, Forbes, Better Homes & Gardens, Time, Inc. publications and dozens of others. Les is the photo columnist for ScotteVest.com and his blog (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com) is widely followed and often quoted by media.

Assisting Les is Richard Hartmier, noted Yukon photographer, ASMP member, with two books and hundreds of published images to his credit (www.hartmier.com). We rely on Richard’s incomparable knowledge of local photographic hotspots to make your expedition a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Saturday, 27 August

All participants will be greeted at the airport and transported to the hotel (included in trip fee). We will have a hearty Yukon dinner, followed by an orientation and overview of the workshop.

Sunday, 28 August

After an early breakfast, we load up and take off for Dawson City, site of the Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City is a gold mine (excuse the pun) for photography. The town itself has many national historic buildings and vestiges of the gold rush are everywhere. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in aboriginal culture is evident both in exhibits within their cultural center and in their living culture in Dawson City and the surrounding countryside. In the evening we walk down the street to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s saloon, to take in an entertaining show from Dawson’s frontier past. Later that night, conditions permitting, we will awaken you for our first opportunity to photograph the incomparable Northern Lights.

Monday, 29 August

Today we will wander the streets and alleyways of Dawson City, photographing its historic attractions and its people. We will drive to some of the major attractions from the Klondike’s Gold Rush past. At night, once again we will try to photograph the Northern Lights.

Tuesday, 30 August

After breakfast, we leave Dawson City and cross the mighty Yukon River to explore the views along the spectacular Top of the World Highway. We will have plenty of time to photograph the historic Gold Rush town of Forty Mile before returning to Dawson. Tonight is also our first portfolio review, where participants have an opportunity to share their best images, ask for critiques or just participate in helping others improve their photographic skills. If mother nature cooperates, we have another chance to photograph the Northern Lights.

Wednesday, 31 August

It’s up and out before sunrise, as we take off up the rugged Dempster Highway, Yukon’s only passage to the Arctic Circle. We eat breakfast while on the road and stop frequently to take advantage of the amazing scenery as it changes from forest to tundra. The mountains and valleys of the tundra cannot be described, except in photographs. En route we will have opportunities to see beaver, fox, bears and caribou. This is truly a landscape and wildlife photographer’s dream.

Thursday, 1 September

After a night spent in Eagle Plains, we wake up before dawn for an Arctic Circle sunrise. We will spend the day photographing north and south of the Circle, capped off by sunset images and another opportunity to experience the Northern Lights.

Friday, 2 September

We travel back to Dawson City, once again photographing the landscape and wildlife as we go. We arrive in Dawson City for a late dinner. Northern Lights again, anyone?

Saturday, 3 September

After a leisurely breakfast we amble back to Whitehorse, arriving in time for dinner and a workshop wrap-up. This is an opportunity to share images and ask for critique.

Sunday, 4 September

We meet for breakfast and say farewells… for now. Transportation provided to the airport.


The cost of the Yukon workshop is $5,250 per person, double occupancy (for single occupancy, the cost is $5,750).

$1,000 non-refundable deposit is due at sign up. Deposit payments may be made by credit card.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.

You can pay for the $1,000 non-refundable deposit by clicking on the "Buy Now" button on this page to secure your place.

$4,250 ($4,750 for single) to be paid as soon as possible. The latest date to pay the $4,250 ($4,750 for single) remainder is 30 days prior to departure.

If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat your reservation as canceled and will offer your seat to the next person on the waiting list.

This $4,250 ($4,750 for single) payment must be paid via bank transfer (wire transfer).

Bank information will be forwarded to all those who have paid the initial deposit.

All trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars.

  • You will learn

    • We will spend each day (and nights for Northern Lights) photographing landscapes and wildlife
    • With individualized instruction from our professional photopgraphy guides. A truly amazing experience!
    • About the sub-Arctic and Arctic landscape, geology, geography, natural history and culture of the Yukon.
    • Beginning, intermediate and advance techniques for photographing landscapes and wildlife.
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Please contact Lester Picker, Nikonians Academy Instructor, for a detailed list of what to bring.
  • What is provided

    • The $5,250 ($5,750 for single) price includes almost everything once you arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon, such as:
    • Airport transfers
    • All ground transportation
    • All meals, snacks & water
    • Lodging (double room occupancy, unless choosing single option)
    • Guides, insect repellent, etc.*
    • *Costs exclude:
    • Transportation to and from Whitehorse, Yukon
    • Vaccinations
    • Passport fees
    • Tips or alcoholic beverages.
  • Venue Information

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